Harvey Kubernik Interviews Brunswick Records’ Paul Tarnopol

“Never mind ‘To Be Loved.’ Jackie Wilson was to be reckoned with from the get-go. What on earth was this ‘Reet Petite’ when we were barely 15 years old? ‘Higher and Higher’ was his ‘My Sweet Lord.’ We knew he ‘Hadda Move.’

“I never got to see him live- I did get to see Mr. Wilson and Sam Cooke do the cha cha cha on a 1958 TV show. Poetry in motion, and heat.

“One of my particular Jackie faves was a platter groove that barely cracked the top 50, a 45 named ‘(There’s No Pity) in the Naked City.’ By then I knew the Apple and it became my New York theme song.”  

–Andrew Loog Oldham 2016 email correspondence to Harvey Kubernik

Harvey Kubernik Interviews Brunswick Records’ Paul Tarnopol

Paul Tarnopol is the son of “record man” Nat Tarnopol, the work horse behind Brunswick Records and manager and record producer of the immortal Jackie Wilson.

I’ve always felt that Brunswick belonged in the pantheon of influential soul labels like Vee-Jay, Motown, and Stax.

Nat Tarnopol, who died in 1987, and his Brunswick catalogue have been generally overlooked by music historians and the pop culture media.

So, I decided to conduct an interview with his son Paul Tarnopol, who has overseen the Brunswick operations for the last 30 years.

Q: Outline to me some biographical information on your father Nat before he became a “record man.” Was he from Detroit? Until age 25 he worked in the tire business but frequented music clubs in Detroit.

A: Nat was born in Detroit on January 26, 1931 to Meyer and Pearl Tarnopol, who each migrated to the United States from Eastern Europe as children.  Nat’s mother’s side of the family (Chimovitz) came from the Baltic country of Lithuania and his father’s side came from Russia’s Black Sea region of Odessa.  Prior to arriving on Ellis Island, the family’s actual name was Baracovich.  Nat was nine years younger than his brother Jerry and spent the majority of his childhood playing baseball and listening to what was known as “race records” and sneaking barbequed spare ribs under the porch of his family’s kosher home in Detroit.  Continue reading

THE LAST WALTZ 40th Anniversary Edition Out on CD, Blu-ray and Vinyl Formats

Collector’s Edition Scheduled Issued December 9th

By Harvey Kubernik c 2017

On November 11, Rhino Entertainment released four new 40th Anniversary Editions of The Band’s The Last Waltz in various CD, Blu-ray, and vinyl formats. A special Collector’s Edition issued on December 9 features a leather-bound, 300-page book with a replication of Martin Scorsese’s original shooting script from the film.

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, the Band took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theater in San Francisco, California. For the landmark show, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson were joined by an all-star group of music pioneers and recording artist friends, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young, among others.

I attended the event.

The evening was caught on film by director Martin Scorsese. Released theatrically in April 1978 to critical acclaim, The Last Waltz is still considered by many to be the greatest concert film ever made.

During pre-production, Scorsese was working on New York, New York.  At the same time I was on his M-G-M movie set in Culver City. I interviewed Robbie Robertson for a Crawdaddy! cover story in Malibu at Shangri-La Studios in 1976 and attended The Last Waltz with 5,000 other people and shown on screen, too. Continue reading

The Stooges. TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges As Told by Iggy Pop

An interview with Author Jeff Gold

By Harvey Kubernik

Third Man Books has just published a gorgeous coffee table volume on one of the most influential bands of all time… The Stooges. TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words.

Author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg, noted music historians and collectors, jointly interviewed Iggy Pop for two days at his Miami home, sharing with him their extensive Stooges collection and interviewing Iggy.

Editor/contributor Jon Savage collaborated with Gold and Kugelberg on the title. Additional contributors include Ben Blackwell, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, Joan Jett, Johnny Marr and Jack White.

This is one revealing and candid, bare-all almost unbelievable tale of the band Iggy founded-the alternately tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim.

TOTAL CHAOS houses an absolute treasure-trove of unseen photographs and visual ephemera.

“It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of the Stooges. He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre-punk rock-and influenced countless others that followed. Continue reading

THE MARLEY FAMILY AND UMe SET TO RELEASE EXPANDED THREE-LP/DIGITAL VERSION OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – LIVE!

FEATURING BOTH NIGHTS OF HISTORIC 1975 CONCERT AT LYCEUM THEATRE LONDON, DECEMBER 16, 2016

By Harvey Kubernik c 2016

Bob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975,

Courtesy Universal Entertainment Enterprises

having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976. The live sound mixing was done by Dave Harper, the recording engineer was Steve Smith, and the record was produced by Steve Smith and Chris Blackwell.

The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley & the Wailers-Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on December 16 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band’s historic ’75 U.K. tour.  In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover at and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers’ classic line-up included bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson and the I-Three — backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.  The group was  fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London’s Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of “No Woman, No Cry.” Continue reading

The T.A.M.I. Show and The Big T.N.T. Show out on Blu-ray DVD

By Harvey Kubernik  c  2016

Fans of classic rock and soul rejoiced when the legendary concert Steve Binder-directed film T.A.M.I. Show made its DVD debut on Shout! Factory in 2009.

Now that landmark film made its Blu-ray debut, along with its long-lost—and much requested—follow-up, The Big

Photo Courtesy SHOUT Factory

Photo Courtesy Shout! Factory

TNT Show, directed by Larry Peerce, on December 2, 2016, as part of the 2-disc Blu-ray set T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show Collector’s Edition, from Shout! Factory. The Big T.N.T. Show was also released as a standalone DVD on the same day.

The package contains all the bonus features from the T.A.M.I. Show DVD, plus new interviews with The Big T.N.T. Show performers Petula Clark, Henry Diltz and John Sebastian. The product is mastered from a High-Definition transfer.

The Big T.N.T. Show was filmed in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. on November 29, 1965 and stars some of the biggest acts of the day, including the Byrds, in their original line-up of Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke, and Roger McGuinn, perform two # 1 hits, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season.”)

One of the most acclaimed rock events ever captured on film, the 1964 concert known as T.A.M.I. Show [Teenage Awards Music International] presented a lineup like no other, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Lesley Gore and other acts took the stage one after another rehearsed and recorded over two days and nights on October 29 and 30th on Pico Blvd. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Marshall Berle, Howard Wolf, John Landis and David Cassidy were in the audience.    Continue reading